Tomorrow is my son’s grade 7 graduation.
Yesterday he tried on his tux and when he came to my room to ask me “How do I look?”, all I could do was to stare at him and try not to cry.
He looked so handsome. ( yes, I know all mothers say the same about their child!)
How fast time flew and what a journey it had been to this moment. As I look back to his childhood, I have no regrets. I know that I gave him a great childhood filled with love and happiness. Of course I scolded him, yelled at him, told him I will chop him in to itsy bitsy tiny weeny pieces and I have made him cry. But I also gave him the best gift, I as a mother could give. My time. I was there every step of the way.
Today, he is a happy 12 year old. The world is his to conquer. I know I can no longer hold his hand and walk with him to where ever his life takes him. But I do know that I raised him well with values that (might) help him in his journey.
I bought him a Waterman fountain pen as his graduation gift. And this is what I wrote on the card.
My darling, life is a blank sheet of paper. For some it might be a tiny scrap of paper, for others it might be A3. What matters is not to look at what others have, but to see what you have. There will always be someone more talented, taller, blonder, prettier, luckier, and they have connections. But there is only one of you and that makes you special ! You have the power to fill your blank page with whatever you want in your life. It is your life and remember always it is not success or failure that should define who you are, but the fact that you gave the best in everything you do. In life, you win some, you lose some. At the end, when the journey is all over, it is much better to be able to say ” I can’t believe I did that” than say, “I wish I had done that”
Take a chance, live a life without regrets and most importantly, be smart and use the gifts you have been given.
I am proud to be your mom.